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Diabetic Alert Dog

Train your Dogto be a Diabetic Alert DogWith Nina Bondarenko Normally, a person can feel the warning signals of LOW BLOOD SUGAR (sweating, shaking, nausea, and confusion); however, some are unable to feel these symptoms and are thus unaware that their blood sugar is... read more

Questions and Answers (2)

Question: My dog seems to be going deaf, he is 6 years old and just does not seem to hear. He certainly was not born deaf. Do dogs hearing get bad as they get older? Answer:I am afraid that most of our dogs hearing start to deteriorate from about 5 years of age. About... read more

What Is a Heat?

What Is a Heat? How To Know When Your Dogs In Heat Estrus (“heat”) is the mating period of female animals. When estrus occurs, animals are said to be “in heat” or “in season.” Dogs generally have their first estrous cycle at 6-12... read more

All Behaviour is inherited

  All Behaviour is inherited So much depends on how your dog gets on in life I thought it appropriate to write about Inherited Behaviour because all dogs will certainly have inherited behaviour. The behaviour of dogs like all animals gets inherited via genetic... read more

Socialization

Socialization In 1985 (31 years ago) I was running a class of about 20 dogs all various breeds and sizes. There was a lady with a Rottweiler and another with a giant poodle they both wanted to fight. Those that are involved in the running of training classes or indeed... read more

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HOSPICE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HOSPICE Woodborough RoadNottinghamTHE HISTORY OF THE HOSPICEBY DAVID KLEINPIONEER AND FOUNDER I was the Founder and Pioneer of the Nottinghamshire Hospice. I was approached in 1977 by a Masonic Lodge of Freemasons in Nottingham predominately made up of... read more

Don’t dump your pet

Please don’t dump your pet Many people are leaving the coast due to the financial recession. More rent to pay, more for food and electricity. Everything has gone up including vet fees which now carry 18% IVA making that trip to the vet expensive. Most important what... read more

Grooming Your Pet

Start grooming as early as possible. Check and handle the ears, eyes, teeth, and nails. All dogs need grooming, some more than others. Generally, the longer the hair the more frequently the grooming will be required. It is important that you introduce the brush and... read more

Can a dog get pregnant in her first heat?

Dogs in heat -First Time Pregnancy? YES! First heat can vary greatly dog to dog. The youngest is about six months of age though sometimes a female will come into season younger. First heat can start as late as 12 or even 14 months of age or later in rare cases.... read more

Behaviour is inherited

Behaviour is Inherited, So much depends on how your dog gets on in life.I thought it  appropriate to write about ‘Inherited Behaviour’ because all dogs will certainly have inherited behaviour. The behaviour of dogs like all animals, gets inherited via genetic... read more

Questions and Answers 1

Questions and Answers 1Question: Is it better for my female to have one litter of puppies? Answer: If you are an ordinary family and not experienced my advice is to have her spayed and leave it to the professionals. Your female may not be suitable for this purpose. I... read more

Chocolate Danger to Dogs

Chocolate Danger to DogsChocolate made for human consumption can cause death in dogs. Dogs are sensitive to a class of chemicals called methylxanthines. Caffeine and theobtomine are members of that family. Dogs simply cannot metabolise and excrete methylxanthines as... read more

Calm down dear Boy..Calm down

Calm down dear Boy..Calm down Michael Winner was a friend of mine so I am certain he will not mind me  stealing his wonderful catch phrase Calm down dear Boy..Calm down when dealing with a greedy eater.I am now writing about my Boy Boy (BB), For those that do not know... read more

Car sickness

The first thing to realise when dealing with car sickness is that in 95% of cases it is stress related and not motion related.  The most powerful memory imprint of any dogs brain is probably the car ride when it was taken away from all it ever new to be safe and... read more

Exercise for Dogs

Most veterinarians will caution pet owners not to exercise a dog right after feeding him. This is certainly true of strenuous exercise, which can make a dog throw up and can lead to gastric torsion. A recent study by the Divisions of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell... read more

Phantom Pregnancy / False Pregnancy

Definition of False PregnancyFalse pregnancy, also called pseudopregnancy, is common in intact female dogs. It usually occurs somewhere between 6 and 12 weeks after a bitch goes through her normal heat cycle and is caused by an exaggerated response to normal hormonal... read more

Punishing a Puppy

Punishing a Puppy I think the message I have is that we cannot ever expect a puppy to think human…therefore it is quite reasonable for us to think like a dog……A very good book on the market is called Think Dog…by the late John Fisher, well... read more

Bobby

Bobby Have you heard of Bobby a Skye Terrier?When his owner John Grey died in February 1858 he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Bobby remained loyal to his owner, staying by his masters graveside and keeping vigil for 14 years. In 1867 a law was passed requiring all... read more

Dominance in Dogs Barry Eaton

DOMINANCE IN DOGSFact or Fiction? Since the early 1960s, as professional pet dog training developed as an industry, many dog training instructors have based their methods on the theory that an owner must ‘dominate’ his or her dog, including the use of ‘pack... read more

Kennel Cough Dogs and Cats

Beware Kennel Cough Kennel cough is not serious, but some dogs can become seriously ill from kennel cough infection (especially very young, very old ). Whenever a dog is coughing, a visit to the vet is highly recommended to sort out possible diagnoses and treatment... read more

INTRODUCING A NEW PUPPY TO CATS

INTRODUCING A NEW PUPPY TO CATS SHOULD YOU ASK YOUR CAT TO LIVE WITH A DOG?If you have cats that are not used to dogs, you should think carefully before doing this.  If you must, then make sure it is a puppy as young as possible. Chasing breeds like greyhounds or... read more

Dog and Cat Allergies

There is no breed of dog not even a Poodle or Chihuahua that will not trigger sneezes, rashes or asthmatic reactions. Allergic reactions can vary from dog to dog or cat to cat according to Jonathan Corren Clinical Professor of medicine and Director of the Allergy... read more

Pups bought on the Internet

Pups bought on the Internet More people are buying pups on line or through pet shops and sadly paying the price. Many puppies bought from these outlets which are often used by puppy farmers, require long term veterinary treatment or die before reaching six months.... read more

Moving to Spain with your pets

Moving to Spain with your pets Even before you move to Spain, it’s advisable to start looking for Veterinary clinics in the area you are moving to. When you arrive in Spain take into consideration, and don’t be afraid to ask around neighbours and friends for... read more

New rules for pet travel 29 December 2014

New rules for pet travel On 29 December 2014 new pet passports will be required? What does this mean for my dog, cat or ferret? If your pet was given a passport before 29 December 2014, you do not need to get a new one. Your old one is valid.If your pet is given a pet... read more

Group or Private Training

Group or Private TrainingOnce you have chosen your method of training, you then have to decide if you want to attend group classes or if you want to train your dog in private. I recommend group classes to enable your pet to socialize with other people and dogs. Group... read more

ALL DOGS CAN BITE

ALL DOGS CAN BITE Personally I believe that all dogs can bite  but they do not really want to! Here are 10 top tips to prevent a dog biting you, or anyone else for that matter! 1.Read the dog body signals Licking, yawning, shaking as if wet. A dog will do these things... read more

Separation Anxiety

    Separation Anxiety      Everyone needs a little time alone now and then unless of course you are a dog who suffers from separation anxiety. Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit behaviour problems when they’re left alone. Typically, they’ll have a... read more

If

If you can start the day without caffein If you can get going without pep pills, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy... read more

Dog Licences For Spain 2007

New Dog Licence by the end of the year.Spain has now announced new laws No 50/99 which could affect you. A list of dogs considered dangerous has been drawn up as follows:- Pit Bull and all Bull breedsAll MastiffsCanary Island Prey DogCaucasian... read more

Divorce Therapy for Pets

Your Pets Divorce Therapy WITH the stress you’re under and all the issues you mustdeal with, a valuable member of your family is neglected.Your pet. You still provide the basic necessities, but youprobably don’t realize that divorce affects them as well.... read more

Communication

Communication How we speak to our dogs is just as important as what we tell them, especially when we are training them. There are three main ways to verbally communicate with your dog. A command verbal a correction and praise. When commanding the dog to perform an... read more

How to play with your dog

Dogs are social animals and one of the ways they build and learn about relationships and communication is through play. Playing with your dog regularly will teach you about your dog’s personality and strengthen the bond between you. By preventing boredom,... read more

Wendy Hilling to Canine Partners UK

Wendy Hilling to Canine Partners UKWendy HillingWho was born with no skin from the waist down.  She suffers terrible skin blisters.Her throat is smaller than a 5p piece  Wendy is partnered with a dog called Teddy. He can do over 200 tasks including dressing and... read more

Dog Bites by Val Bonney Australia

Val Bonney is a regular contributor to my Radio Shows. “WHO” OR “WHAT” IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DOG BITES”?. http://www.bonnies.com.au/ Who is responsible for the dog bites that are occurring? Is it the Dogs themselves? Is it the owners? Is it... read more

Denning is a Natural Instinct

Denning is a Natural Instinct.          Domestication of dogs is a fairly recent event in the history of canids on earth. Although wild canids have been around for millions of years, they have only spent a few thousand of those as our pets. As a result, they still... read more

Teach Your Dog To Eliminate On Command

          If you plan to travel with your puppy, have rushed, hectic mornings  or simply don’t relish standing in the rain while the puppy takes his sweet time going potty, you should teach him to Eliminate on a word ‘Busy’.  Not only will it speed... read more

Stop Pulling with a Muzzle

Stop Pulling with a Muzzle                                         Over the past years I have introduced head collars for dogs that pull, if fitted correctly and if shown how to use the head collar I guarantee it will stop any dog pulling.Now that most large dogs have... read more

Someone looking after your pet

Will my pets be ok with a stranger? Dogs are creatures that do not live in the past or indeed in the future, they are present living creatures. Present living means they react to what is happening now. They do not sit thinking ‘I wonder what Mum is cooking for... read more

Why dogs bark

Who Needs a Man? If you want someone who will do anything to please you, get a dog. If you want someone who will bring you the newspaper without tearing through it first for the sports page, get a dog. If you want someone who’ll make a total fool of himself... read more

Group Hierachy

Group Hierachy I had a call for a gentleman that informed me he had put his Dobermann to  sleep due to illness, the dog was 12 years. Of course he was devastated. They have another four dogs. A few nights later they were in bed when they heard terrible fighting going... read more

Rottweillers raised correctly do not bite

Rottweillers raised correctly don’t bite Those who say Rottweillers are naturally mean are wrong. Rottweillers raised correctly don’t bite. The typical story we see is a dog is part of a family unit and a baby comes in and is seen as the interloper. The... read more

Crate Training

Many people think this is cruel, as they would certainly not want to be locked in a crate (note that dog crate and dog cage are the same thing) for any length of time themselves. Well, this is not the case for dogs who are ‘den’ animals. Just look at where... read more

Administration of Tablets

Administration of TabletsMany drugs in tablet form, licensed for use in dogs, have been specially formulated with palatability in mind. However, if your dog is at all suspicious he is unlikely to eat the tablet voluntarily irrespective of how pleasant it may taste.... read more

Holidays with your pet

Will my pets be ok with a stranger? I am glad you ask this question.Dogs are creatures that do not live in the past or indeed in the future, they are present living creatures. Present living means they react to what is happening now. They do not sit thinking I wonder... read more

Flea Prevention

Flea PreventionFleas are ugly, nasty parasites that are one of the most difficult critters to get rid of. Which is why, prevention – all year long, is necessary. Fleas are about ¼-inch long, are black/brown in colour, have no wings but do have long hind legs,... read more

Compare dog to Car

Ever thought about comparing a dog to a car?No I am not crazy. Get in car and put on your seat beltGo out with dog put on the leadPut the car in gear and drive at your speedWalk at your pace with your dogDrive fast in the carRun with your dogTraffic lights ahead at... read more

Pet Rules

To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door – nose height. Dear Dogs and Cats, The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food... read more

Preventing dog bites

Preventing dog bites Every week in my book It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and while the issue might seem small to some, millions of people worldwide are bitten by dogs each year. And some require immediate medical attention even rabies shots to treat... read more

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